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Saint Anthony College of Nursing


A Small, Private Catholic Nursing College

Saint Anthony College of Nursing (SACN) is a small, private Catholic college that emulates the example set by St. Francis of Assisi, who dedicated his life to helping the sick and poor. The college is located on the 100-acre Order of St. Francis (OSF) Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, IL, the region's pioneer in cardiac, cancer, trauma, and orthopedic care.

With less than 200 undergraduates enrolled at the SACN, and a student to teacher ratio of 8 to 1, each student is guaranteed abundant individual attention and support. SACN boasts a 92.5 percent graduation rate.

Although one of SACN's goals is to provide opportunities for students to develop an understanding of the Christian philosophy of life and its application in daily living as a person, citizen, and professional nurse, students do not need to be Catholic to attend the college. Many SACN students come from a wide variety of faiths, including both Christian and non-Christian denominations.

A History of Success

Undergraduates attending SACN receive not only exceptional academic instruction but also ample clinical experience while obtaining their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (B.S.N.). An impressive 96 percent of the class of 2009 passed the National Council of State Boards of Nursing NCLEX-RN exam, compared to the national average of 88 percent.

Several Paths to SACN

There are several paths that prospective undergraduates may take to obtain a B.S.N. from SACN. Undergraduates may either transfer to SACN's B.S.N. program in their junior year, be a registered nurse (RN) who already holds an associate degree in nursing, or be a high school senior applying for early entry into the nursing program. All prospective students are encouraged to contact SACN before beginning coursework at another college to ensure that the credits can be transferred.

A Rigorous B.S.N. Program

During their 4 semesters in the B.S.N. program at Saint Anthony College of Nursing, students complete 64 credits. The program encompasses a rigorous and diverse curriculum. Undergraduates are given a solid foundation in anatomy and physiology, biology, nutrition, and chemistry. Electives include specialized courses such as Pathophysiology of Health Deviations, Principles of Pharmacology, Nursing Care of the Adult with Health Deviations, and Community and Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.

A Range of Clinical Options

Undergraduates at SACN can choose from clinical experiences in over 20 different settings, including OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Walter Lawson's Children's Home, and the Singer Mental Health and Development Center. Undergraduates are introduced to clinical concepts and safety procedures at the newly opened skills lab with SIM man at Guilford Square and the fully equipped Health Assessment Lab on the main campus.

The SACN B.S.N. program provides students with a broad spectrum of experiences, along with communication, humanistic, critical thinking, scientific, and leadership skills, which are required of today's medical professionals.

Admissions Requirements for SACN

Undergraduate applicants at Saint Anthony College of Nursing must submit an application for admission, provide official college or university transcripts, and have completed at least 32 of the 64 required prerequisite courses. Students at SACN must also have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale; submit 3 acceptable professional letters of recommendation, including one from a current or recent college instructor; pass a pre-admission test; participate in a personal interview; and complete a written statement of personal, professional, career, and educational goals.

Costs and Financial Aid

Qualified students at Saint Anthony College of Nursing may receive financial aid via scholarships, grants, private loans, and federal financial aid through FAFSA.

SACN alumni provide over 40 named scholarships for the Legacy Endowment Fund, including the Carole A. Mounier Scholarship and the Frank J. Lewis Foundation Scholarship. Other scholarships provided by SACN include the Advanced Association of Colleges of Nursing Scholarship, the Center for Rural Health Scholarship, and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

Students may also apply for the Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program (NELRP), which repays 60 percent of the qualifying loan balance of accepted RNs in exchange for 2 years of service at a critical shortage facility.

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor&Apos;S And Master&Apos;S
Health Professions And Related Programsregistered Nursing/Registered Nurse


Options: electronic application, deferred entrance
Application fee: $50
Notification: continuous until 9/30 (transfers)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNot Reported
    • Tuition pre-payment planNot Reported
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

Undergraduate Student Population
146 Undergraduate Students, 90% Women, 10% Men, 22% Transferred In

Campus Life

College Housing Not Available
Student Organization
Most popular organization
Student Organization
Campus security
24-Hour Emergency Response Devices And Patrols, Late-Night Transport/Escort Service
Student services
Health Clinic, Personal/Psychological Counseling, Legal Services
Academic Programs
Special Study Options: Accelerated Degree Program, Advanced Placement Credit, Independent Study, Internships, Off-Campus Study, Part-Time Degree Program, Services For LD Students, Summer Session For Creditschool Calendar: Semesters


Total: 15Full-Time: 80% Full-Timestudent/Faculty Ratio: 9 :1

Financial Aid

Costs (2012&-13)
Tuition:$20,134 full-time, $630 per credit hour part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and degree level. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and degree level
Required fees:$152 full-time, $30 per term part-time
Payment plans:installment, deferred payment

Financial Aid
Of all full-time matriculated undergraduates who enrolled in 2012,161 applied for aid, 154 were judged to have need
Average financial aid package:$15,770
Average need-based loan:$5243
Average need-based gift aid:$7234




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